Derek Llambias has revealed today that Joe Kinnear has been doing quite a bit of work for Newcastle, even though he’s been in bed for much of the time, recovering from his open heart surgery.
Derek Llambias with Mike Ashley
But as far as doing anything in the transfer market, nothing can be done in that area, until we know we will be in the Premier League next season.
And of course we have a really crucial game on Saturday, when the lads travel to Hull City, in what is a MUST WIN game.
Managing Director Llambias knows how important Saturday’s trip is to Hull City, as he said to the Newcastle Journal today:
“Joe won’t stop thinking about Newcastle, the team, the coaching staff and everything else. He’s in good spirits, but he knows we’re in a difficult position.”
“The Hull City game looks as though it will be a massive one for the club and we all realize that.”
“As well as analyzing all the tapes and passing messages on to Chris Hughton, he is also looking at transfer targets and things like that.”
“But we have to make sure we are safe before we start setting the ball rolling on those sorts of things.”
Given the players we were after in January, we have a reasonable idea of those we will pursue, and most of them look really good players. And we leaned yesterday that we had gone after Argentine Riquelme for next season, but he turned us down. Nevertheless, the fact we went after him will be good news to Newcastle fans.
First things first though, and before we start talking about who we may go after in the summer, it will all depend on surviving in the Premier League, and the sooner we can get to safety the better it will be for Newcastle fans, who’ve had to put up with a lot at the club this season, and that’s saying something.
But if we can survive the likelihood is that we’ll get some good players through the door in the summer, and we look forward to getting one or two young players at bargain prices, like we did with Sebastien Bassong last summer. This lad is already rated at £10M, and he’s probably worth even more than that.
We also expect to bring more teenagers into the club, and with any luck, we should have a much stronger squad come September.
But if we get relegated we’ll need to go to Plan B, and we’ll need to unload top wage earners like Owen, Smith, Martins, Viduka and others.
We’re not really sure exactly the players we will be able to afford if we do get relegated, and we’d rather not even think about that right now, quite honestly.
We need 3 points at the KC Stadium on Saturday against Hull City.